Monday, April 21, 2008


Listen to ROSES GONE by The Ashes.

Hello again! It's good to be back after a week off, though it's a shame we had to let Stu's series go. Great stuff that was.

This week it's back to the archives. Last night I was listening to The Walker Brothers, and settled on a theme for this week: "slow & moody songs from the 60s." These are songs from a particular era of pop music, where it was okay for emotional songs to be a little theatrical, before the rock 'n' roll era made "authenticity" the key quality for any pop music performance, but also before soul music (in particular) went baroque and started putting a premium on vocal gymnastics.

Today is a good example what I'm trying to get at, even if the group is obscure. The Ashes were a West Coast folk group who recorded a couple of singles, and morphed into a group with a well-developed cult following, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy. And it's not just for the name--the music is really good!

Roses Gone, as I said, was recorded in 1965 by the group when they were The Ashes, and it's got a great 2 AM quality. I love the slight reverb on Sandi Robison's voice. It's a great performance, which is good, because her voice is basically the entire song. Won't you give it a try?

(By the way, Amy & Martin aren't contributing to the blog this week because they're on an epic (halfway) cross-country road trip this week. You can follow their progress here!)

Photo: Empires State Building series (5).



Penny said...

Thst may be the best picture of the Empire State Building I have ever seen.

I like the travel map - how is that done?

bill said...

well, I don't know about that! But thanks. The map is easy, we used one for the wedding. You make them at

John said...

Wow, that's a good one! It couldn't be from anywhere except the 60s with those whispered backing vocals and samba backbone. And it's moody! Sort of an analogue to (lemme guess) I Can't Let It Happen To You.

Speaking of which, Walker season is winding down - thanks for the reminder!

Corbett said...

Walker season is winding down. It's bittersweet--you enjoy the warmer weather, but you miss the Walkers (and your "one suit--badly pressed and worn").

bill said...

It is almost over, which is just the time it should start, if you follow me. I was listening to Dusty Springfield's version of "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore" and then the Association, and got back to the Walker Brothers, and then these songs.